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I'm a BSN student taking pathophysiology. My question is , how will pathophysiology help me in the near future? Sorry if the question sounds stupid.:confused:

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Do you know the definition of pathophys? If yes, you should be able to answer your own question.

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MikeyJ is a RN and specializes in Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis.

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Pathophysiology is the basis of your entire nursing school education. If you don't know your pathophysiology, there is no way you would ever function in nursing school or in a hospital.

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donsterRN has 10 years experience as a ASN, BSN and specializes in Cardiac Care.

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As a nurse, pathophys will be the very basis of your practice. Anatomy and physiology teaches you how the body works when everything is good. Patho (disease) physiology (functional process) shows you how it works when things are bad.

You'll need it. A lot.

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Nurse_Diane has 10 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in psychiatry.

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I'm a BSN student taking pathophysiology. My question is , how will pathophysiology help me in the near future? Sorry if the question sounds stupid.:confused:

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You should also consider yourself lucky that your BSN program offers it.

Ours does not :banghead:

Best,

Diane

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Asherah has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in CICU/Trauma/Resuscitation.

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You should also consider yourself lucky that your BSN program offers it.

Ours does not :banghead:

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Diane

Diane,

Can you take it at a local community college? I would definitely recommend it if you can.

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HonestRN specializes in cardiac, ortho, med surg, oncology.

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Pathophysiology helps you to understand the disease process and progression. Understanding the disease process helps you to understand and apply appropriate interventions. Besides that, it is incredibly interesting.

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ZuZuTrauma has 4 years experience and specializes in Emergency ICU,Trauma, Burn ICU.

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Pathophys allows you to understand why we nurses do what we do...

A better understanding of it will make you a better nurse-- you will be able to anticipate effects on your patients and how to prevent bad effects from happening.

Also, if you plan on going to grad school you will see pathophysiology again...:D

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nyapa is a RN and specializes in Jack of all trades, and still learning.

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You should also consider yourself lucky that your BSN program offers it.

Ours does not :banghead:

Best,

Diane

Really? Does it not get discussed in conjunction with Anat and Phys units then?

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In my opinion, it depends on where you're at in your nursing career. When you took A & P, you learned about the "what it is" and "what it does." Now, you're taking that to the next level and if you're a new nurse then you'll be adding to your knowlege base and skills and learn how to think critically. You're given the materials to think this way. You'll be glad your school offered this course. Of course, with nursing, you learn something new every hour you work and come from everyone you work with.

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cokeforbreakfast has 7 years experience and specializes in Telehealth, Hospice and Palliative Care.

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I'm starting in an accelerated BSN program in the fall and we were required to take Pathophys. as a prerequisite for admission.

It's an amazing course, and it covers a whole WORLD that A and P barely touches on.

Take it, embrace it, and excel. You'll be happy you did (and so will your future patients!)

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KarmaInMotion specializes in dreams of the future.

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I am only hoping, that along with all the other info crammed into NS courses, pathophysiology will be intertwined. B/C we don't have it as a seperate course on its own in my program either. There was some discussed as we moved systemicly through A&P, and some coverage in micro via a few case studies and some common diseases. Sheesh, this only scares me for either how prepared I won't feel I am, or for how much more info we will have crammed into our brains over a short amt of time:sstrs:

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